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>> the president, right? >> lester holt is next with nightly news. >> hope to see you back here at 6:00. developing news tonight. brought down by a campus revolt over race. a powerful university president resigned over amid protest and a football team standing in solidarity. murder charges for a pair of officers opening fire killing a 6-year-old boy. what led up to the shooting that shocked the nation. olympics cheating bombshell. international investigators accuse russia of widespread doping and a massive cover up. were americans athletes cheated out of medals and will the russians be banned from rio. buckle up. >> why aren't there seat belts on the school bus. the feds said it is time for a change. and the show is over for shamu. the end of an era at sea world. "nightly news" begins
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right now. good evening. for months it simmered largely unnoticed outside of the university community but now the whole country is awakening to the racial tensions and growing revolt that boiled over at the university of missouri. a hunger strike and a threatened walkout by members of the football team and protests from students and faculty alike leading to the abrupt resignation of the university president accused by black student groups of indifference to racist acts on t overwhelmingly white campus. and late word the chancellor won't be far behind. nbc's jacob rascon tells us more. >> reporter: after two months of anger and unrest on campus, an announcement as sudden as it was stunning. >> i'm resigning as president of the university of missouri
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system. >> reporter: and hours later the chancellor announced he is stepping down at the end of the year. students say this semester has been plagued with incidents of racial harassment. >> i think there has been a lot of racial tensions and i'm glad that something has finally been done. >> reporter: in september, the black student body president said a group of white students had shouted the n-word at him. other students reported a swastika left on a dorm wall. and the university's response was lacking, even infuriating, they said. [ chanting ] >> reporter: they could hardly believe the news. enough to bring some to tears. and after protest leader jonathan butler to end his hunger strike after eight days, appearing weak and unsteady.
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>> our humanity is worth fighting for and that is what we're seeing in this moment. >> reporter: they celebrate not because it is the end of a journey, but they hope it is a new beginning. the anger is fueled by racial tension across the country, including last year's riots in ferguson, less than two hours away. the tipping point came over the weekend. a photograph worth a thousand protests. the football team backed by the coaching staff refusing to play until the president was out. now, back in the game. >> please, please, use this resignation to heal, not to hate. and let's move forward together for a brighter tomorrow. >> reporter: president wolfe's resignation is effective immediately and the search is on for an interim president as the university's governing board announced a new diversity officer and more diverse faculty and staff, lester. >> jacob, thank you. now to another
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major story in louisiana. funeral services held for a 6-year-old autistic boy allegedly gunned down by officers firing at his father's car. as gabe guiterrez reports, bond has been set for the officers working as marshals at the time while new details emerge about what led up to the deadly night. >> reporter: when the shooting ended last tuesday night, 6-year-old jeremy was dead, stick buckled in the front seat of his father's suv. the father critically wounded. today the judge set bail for the two marshals at $1 million each. both are charged with second-degree murder. >> it has shaken the community a lot. this is a small community. everybody knows everybody and it is a tragic situation. and everybody is paying the price. >> reporter: stafford and greenhouse were working part-time as city marshals who typically serve arrest warrants but there were no out standinstanding
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warrants against chris few and no gun found inside of his vehicle but it remains unclear why the marshals opened fire. >> this is tragic and it is sad. and you wish something like that never happens in your community. >> reporter: stafford worked full time for the police department but that night was working a side job for the city marshal's office. greenhouse was a reserve officer, he is also the son of a local prosecutor whose office has recused itself from the case. both men are among several officers named in one pending civil lawsuit for excessive force and in court documents they argue the subject was resisting arrest. this afternoon in mississippi, mourners said good-bye to 6-year-old jeremy. mandy rashard is a family friend who said she will remember his blue eyes. >> he was very active. always -- he was always wanting to go, go, go. he loved his grandmother so much. he didn't have a mean streak in him. just care-free. >> reporter: among the many questions about
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how that young autistic boy ended up dead, what about the body camera footage that state police investigators have called extremely disturbing, a lawyer for chris few's family tells nbc news that while he has not seen the footage, he believes it will show that few had his hands up. lester. >> gabe, thank you. now to the stunning headline today that feels like something out of a cold war. the days of soviet union, a bombshell from international investigators accusing russia of widespread cheating. athletes doping and the russian government engaged in a massive conspiracy to cover it up. and now were american athletes cheated out of medals will they be banned from the rio olympics next year. year. here is stephanie gosk. >> reporter: at the 2012 london olympics, both the gold and bronze medals in the women's 800 meter went to the russians. nothose two athletes face a possible lifetime ban from
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international competition. part of what a new report called systematic doping and a deeply-rooted culture of cheating in russian athletics. >> we found cover-ups and destruction of samples in the laboratories, we found payments of money in order to conceal doping tests. >> reporter: the more than 350-page report released today by the world anti-doping agency concludes that the london games were in a sense sabotaged. during the 2014 sochi olympics russia's secret service posed as technicians in a lab outside of moscow why tests were destroyed or covered up. they recommend the russian federation be suspended until it cleans house and that could mean missing out on the games in rio. >> it should be -- could be a water shed moment where people wake up and realize when you have state sponsored doping like this report alleges that calls to mind the
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east germans of the 1970s and we have move forward from this. >> the russian sports minister denied the doping and the cover-up. but tonight there is a dark cloud over the victories. this woman finished fifth in the 800 meter race in london posting this online today. >> it is about you putting out honest effort, honest time and energy and emotion. and being cheated out of it, you can't -- you can't ever get back those moments. >> reporter: if the medals are stripped from the russians, tanya wins the bronze. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. the death toll has reached six, including two american contractors killed when a gunman opened fire at a police training center in jordan. two other americans are among the wounded. u.s. defense officials tell us that the attacker who was shot and killed was reportedly a disgruntled former police officer, while the investigation
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there continues. so far there has been no claim of terrorism. and more violence between israelis and palestinians including this shocking moment caught on camera as a palestinian woman with a knife lunges at an israeli guard who shot and killed her. the violence was a main topic of discussion as prime minister netanyahu met with president obama at the white house. the first meeting since the u.s. entered the nuclear deal with iran opposed by netanyahu. to the campaign trail and the growing controversy surrounding front-runner ben carson. for days he has battled questions over claims he made about his past. and as peter alexander explains, it is earning him no sympathy from his rivals. >> reporter: ben carson firmly pushing back against what he calls a media witch hunt. >> i simply cannot sit still and watch unfairness. >> reporter: today his republican rivals are zeroing in. >> i heard him this morning say he's been more scrutinized than anybody in this face and it is unfair.
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is he kidding. >> i am thinking pal, you ain't seen nothing yet. >> and this from chief opponent donald trump telling the "wall street journal", if i said what he said, i would have been given the electric chair. his life story under intense scrutiny, including claims he tried to stab a classmate when he was 14. today on facebook, he posted a clip of a 1997 parade magazine interview with his mother. oh, that really happened, she said. and nbc news today verified that parade magazine article exists. carson's advisors say bring it is. he is ready to fight. >> this has put the fire in the belly that has been missing for so long. >> and swooping in the super-pac supporting carson supporting ads to highlight his life work as a neurosurgeon. here in milwaukee, michelle higgins home schools her children. >> we hope ben carson -- we raise some ben
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carsons here some day. >> reporter: but questions about his past haven't changed her opinion of him. >> he's a role model in our family. to me he's been real. >> but some republicans say the sooner he puts the controversy behind him, the better. >> those voters coming into the conversation for the first time could get an off-putting perception that will affect your money and your polling and ultimately affect your position as a front-runner. >> reporter: as they head into the next republican debate, this has not impacted his standing in the polls right now. a new poll shows that he is now drawn even with donald trump in the first in the south primary state of south carolina, a state where he trailed trump by 15 points just a few months ago. lester. >> peter alexander in milwaukee tonight, thank you. major news about your blood pressure if you are over 50. a new study from the new england journal of medicine finds that lower your systolic blood pressure below 120 could reduce your risk of death by 27% and other cardiovascular problems by 25%. but the study also found serious side
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effects to intensive treatment so ask your doctor. the nation's top highway safety officer challenged states and school districts with a tough question. if seat belts are required in cars, why aren't we requiring them in school buses? 44 states have no school bus seat belt requirements. but as nbc's tom costello reports, the feds say it is time for a change. >> reporter: surveillance video from iowa as a driver loses control and rolls a school bus. the ten unrestrained kids on board go flying as the bus rolls over. eight were transported for treatment. roughly 25 million kids ride a school bus every day. the american academy of pediatrics reports that 7200 are injured every year in accidents. four kids die. >> we know that seat belts save lives so we want to see a three-point seat belt on every school bus in this nation. >> reporter: this video shows unrestrained dummies thrown in a roll over. and those belted in remain in their seats.
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only six states require seat belts on large school buses and of those only texas and california require three-point car-like seat belts. not good enough, said a group of moms in florida today. >> they should do something about it. because we're talking about our kids. >> reporter: the school bus industry argues getting kids to buckle up is challenging. equipping the school bus costs from $7,000 to $10,000 per bus. money that many school districts simply don't have. in a statement the school bus industry said it should be up to state or local authorities to decide whether to require seat belts since these officials must weigh a multitude of considerations bearing on purchasing decisions, especially when faced with budgetary constraints. but seat belt manufacturers insist the costs are negligible. >> over the lifetime of a bus it comes out to $5 per student per year. >> reporter: and the question for communities what price for safety. tom costello, nbc news, rockville, maryland.
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still ahead this evening, millions flock to sea world to see it over the years but after widespread outcries one of the most popular and controversial attractions is coming to an end. and also more than a dozen drivers instantly regretting where they parked. the mystery over why the earth swallowed their cars in an instant.
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we're back with the big news from sea world today. a new plan to phase out the controversial
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killer whale show in san diego. it comes after intensifying criticism over the treatment of killer whales and amid sagging ticket sales. now the company is planning a new approach. our national correspondent miguel almaguer has details. >> reporter: sea world's trademark exhibit, the killer whale show, will be phased out next year. the stunning decision comes after years of criticism targeting sea world's treatment of orcas in captivity. the result, declining attendance. today's show, full of empty seats. the plan going public online to investors. >> we are listening to our guests, we're evolving as a company, we're always changing. >> reporter: sea world may close down the shamu show but is investing in a new exhibit. what the company calls a more informative, bigger setting for orcas set to open in 2017. with 24 killer whales in captivity,
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including in parks in orlando and san antonio, sea world is only affecting san diego's 11 orcas so far. >> they are an animal that deserves this great spiritual power. >> the documentary "blackfish" sparked worldwide protest in what some say is the driving force behind today's announcement. >> i think it is a recognition by sea world they need to move to a different business model and i would love to see them go beyond this and announce an end to the breeding program. >> reporter: some call the announcement a bait and switch, tonight change is in the water for sea world san diego. while the show as we know it won't go on here, the orcas will stay. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. we're back in a moment with why so many customers are seeing red over starbucks' new holiday cups.
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starbucks has what some might call a venti size controversy over the cups. in the past they had symbols like reindeer
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and trees but this year they are plain red leading to accusations they are taking christmas off the cups. some customers got revenge claiming their names are merry christmas forcing the baristas to write it out. they are supposed to be blank canvasses for customers to create their own stories. a state of emergency has been declared in a small mississippi town after a gigantic hole, more of a trench, hundreds of feet long and growing, opened in the ground. the cave-in happened so suddenly it took over a dozen cars down with it. and as nbc's kerry sanders explains, the mystery over what caused it may not be solved. >> reporter: folks here thought the gaping trench that swallowed 14 cars and trucks in the ihop parking lot was a sink hole. from above, it looks like a fault line following a major earthquake. when the earth opened this woman's new ford f-150 went down.
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luckily she was inside the ihop having dinner. >> you go into the restaurant and come out and there is no vehicle. >> two days later and she is still nervous. >> it is hard to imagine. >> reporter: unlike the naturally occurring sinkholes caused when thousands of years of erosion open the hidden camera, turns out this was likely a man-made disaster. engineers believe a two-decade old project to channel water runoff to a nearby creek caused the problem. a giant 18-foot tall pipe likely let water escape, they say, and that seeping water slowly ate away at the red clay dirt here, creating a cavern, of void. >> we learn as we go. >> reporter: as long as a football field with the volume of more than six olympic size swimming pools and tonight it is still growing. >> inside the ihop, where patrons ran for their lives, food is still on the table. and the hole today claimed one more car. kerry sanders, nbc news, mississippi.
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wow. and speaking of needing a new car, when we come back, the new perk one dealership is offering for those of us that are not so tech savvy. we're following breaking news.
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===take vo=== sources tell us -- a female hostage and suspect are dead, after a police standoff in san jose. we have a live report from the scene. ==jessica/wx computer== plus: we're tracking the chances of more thunderstorms tonight. ===next close=== the news is next.
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finally, it is a lesson some of us have learned the hard way as we get older. if you don't know how something works, ask someone younger. our kristen dahlgren takes us to a car dealership offering a unique spin on driver's ed. >> reporter: at quick ford in quincy, mass, new cars come with the latest technology. park assist and demavd demandi demancd demaned demand demanmand cmanomandmand and they even tell you the weather. and they come with something more valuable. a teen-ager to teach you about it all. >> i'm not so tech savvy. >> doreen just bought a new escape so ryan cox showed her the bells and whistles. >> i didn't feel like an old lady and didn't know what she is doing. >> kind of ironic, considering the teacher doesn't even have his driver's license. >> yeah, i'm 15. >> how did you get to work today? >> my dad. >> reporter: he may not drive but he has been using electronics his whole life.
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>> such a good situation for the students and the customers and the parents and everybody. it was not a crazy idea, it's a genius idea. >> for this dealership it frees up sales people while giving the teens valuable experience. they work between 15-25 hours a week for $11 an hour. tom said without this job, he would probably be bagging groceries. now he's got business experience on his resume. the tech team goes through ford certified training and the manager keeps a close eye on grades. >> he sees our grades slipping, he will pull us aside and say, your hours are going to get cut. >> reporter: so does anyone not want a young whippersnapper teaching them. >> one guy said, you're just a kid what do you know. and he was shocked after the delivery and loved it. >> and a win for everyone. just ask doreen. >> it picks up the six
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best stations in a certain area. >> reporter: driving away in complete control of everything her new car has to offer. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, quincy, massachusetts. maybe they could explain what the cloud is. that will do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. nbc bay area news, begins with breaking news. and that breaking news is in the south bay, you are looking at a live picture from the nbc chopper right now, hard to see, but inside a home there, two dead people. we just learned of it in the last half hour, after a hostage situation in san jose. the question is, what happened some good evening everyone. >> some critical information just now coming in from the scene, a man took a woman hostage, a few hour ago, but at this hour, sources are saying both are dead. and a police officer has been injured. all of this stopping traffic
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right off of the highway. it's right on camden avenue, that is where the home is. you can see, it's close to 85. nbc bay area scott budman is on the scene and has been for the last few hours. >> reporter: we are waiting to hear from police, but sources telling us that both the hostage taker and the hostage are dead at this hour. it standarded a little after 2:30 -- it started a little after 2:30 this afternoon. we have a live picture to show you, there's a lot of police activity in the area and a lot of streets shut down. the streets near the area, and the park and good samaritan hospital, all shut down as police are clearing the area. again, everywhere who was out here, sin


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